Opera House named 2019 finalist

Lazaro Aleman
ECB Publishing, Inc.

The Monticello Opera House has been named a 2019 finalist in the Best of Tallahassee, an annual contest sponsored by Tallahassee Magazine.
Publisher Brian Rowland – of Rowland Publishing Inc. (RPI), which publishes Tallahassee Magazine as well as several other publications – recently wrote Opera House Executive Director Michael Herrin to inform him of the selection.
“We are looking forward to honoring you as a 'Best of Tallahassee' finalist at an exclusive event on Nov. 6 at The University Center Club,” Rowland wrote. “We invite you to join more than 200 other business honorees who, according to our readers, truly excel at what they do.”
The invitations were mailed to the top two businesses in each of more than 100 “Best of” categories. The Opera House, it turns out, is a contender for the best venue in the entertainment category, an honor it shares with Cascades Park, the other finalist in the entertainment
David Doll, account executive at RPI, explained that in previous years, the poll of the “Best of” contest was advertised in the magazine and people mailed in their choices. This year, however, the poll was done online, and the results were surprising, he said.
“We found results for venues that we'd never heard of before,” Doll said, citing the Monticello Opera House as an example.
Doll called the Opera House's inclusion in the “Best of” nominees quite an accomplishment, given that it had beaten out such well-known Tallahassee venues as Fifth and Thomas Kitchen and Music House; The Moon, a popular nightspot and lounge; and The Pavilion, a 10,000 seat covered venue that hosts performances, trade shows and other events.
Doll said the winners of the contest will be announced throughout the evening at the gala event on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
In recognition of their achievements, he said, first-place finalists will be presented with awards and usage rights to the Best of Tallahassee logo, while second-place finalists will received honorable mention certificates.
The results of the awards ceremony will be published in the November/December issue of Tallahassee Magazine, which will feature the top two businesses per category from the readers choice poll.
Winners are thereafter entitled to use the Best of 2019 logo in their advertisements for the whole of 2020, or until Dec. 31, 2020, when the 2019 logo will be retired. After the logo's retirement day, business may continue to use it, provided that they alter their advertisements' verbiage to read, “Voted Best (whatever the business) in 2019 by the readers of Tallahassee Magazine.”